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Changing the lever tumbler lock

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Whatever the brand, today’s lever tumbler locks have a very low level of security. Any professional locksmith with the right tool can open it in a few seconds. The bad news is that many burglars and squatters also manage to get hold of locksmith tools and use them to break into homes and businesses.

If you have one of these, our recommendation is to replace the lock with a more modern and sophisticated system. There are plenty of options on the market to suit all budgets. If you live in Malaga, just give us a call and we will give you several options to suit your door and budget limits.

What is a lever tumbler lock?

We are not going to give you a master class, but we do want you to learn how to identify a lever tumbler lock, to determine if it is the one you have and therefore should replace it. If you look at the picture above, you will see that it is a very characteristic shape.

The lever tumbler lock is a type of lock that uses a series of small parts called tumblers to lock or unlock the lock. The tumblers are thin pieces of metal that are placed in a specific position inside the lock and can only be moved by a key that has the correct combination of elevations and depressions on its surface.

Lever tumbler locks have been used for a long time and can still be found in some types of old locks. They are currently considered less secure than more modern and complex types of locks, such as cylinder locks, which are more difficult to pick or tamper with.

What is the most secure lever tumbler lock?

No matter which brand you choose: Ezcurra, Cisa, MCM… all brands with this type of key are insecure. They had their moment, but their life cycle is over. As soon as tools or techniques are developed that can unlock a lock in a few minutes or seconds, this security system loses its usefulness.

On social networks such as Youtube or Tiktok it is easy to find videos of professionals demonstrating how they achieve their goal with a lock pick. Picking allows the lock to be opened in less than 5 seconds. Therefore, our recommendation is to change the lever tumbler lock in your home as soon as possible.

Lever tumbler lock conversion

The conversion of low-security lever tumbler locks on armoured doors to a new lock is a common procedure. It should be borne in mind that hundreds of thousands of doors throughout Spain were installed with locks of this type, and all of them should be replaced.

Many owners do not make the change due to a lack of knowledge or simply because they are not willing to do so. The problem comes when they are burgled, or worse, when the insurance company balks at paying out, for example if they consider that there is no proof that the lock has not been picked.

Then it is too late, there is no point in regretting it, but simply assuming that a bad decision was made. If you don’t want to be in this situation and you live on the Costa del Sol, call us and ask for a quote. We will be happy to help you and we will try to change the lock as quickly as possible.

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